SEO Search Engine Optimization:
This subject has changed dramatically over the years. In the past Google was the number one way to market on the Internet. Now with the multiple methods to market your business, SEO has become a little less important.
Do not get me wrong, optimizing your web sites is critical to help increase your position on Google and other search engine and to help push your web site to the top of the search engine results.
Ensuring your website and every page, post and image or video on your website has to be optimized to help search engines find your content and website.
There is too much information available on the Internet on this subject so I will not even attempt to go into detail on how to do it. There are many ways to optimize your web site we will discuss some of them later in this chapter.
What does optimization do?
Optimization does a few critical things that allows search engines to choose your web site over other sites. You can label images, pages and post on your website with your keywords you are using to drive traffic to your website and your products.
We build our sites and then fill them full of content but we fail to do the little tweaks that are available to all of us. Learning to do these things is important. Even with the new algorithms that Google and other search engine have implemented it is still critical to use every option you can to rank higher in the search engines.
Of course, one of the best ways to get ranked high on search engines is to provide excellent content and lots of it. The more free information you provide that is valuable the better your chances of ranking higher up on the top 3 pages.
The goal is always to rank on the first page as your chances of being seen drops dramatically the further back your ranking is.
If you create landing pages that just sell things you will rank way back. This is why providing a large selection of free information will help you rank higher. You need to build your website to help answer all the questions and problems that your prospect has in regards to your keywords. Your site should detail the issues surrounding your product. The solutions you have for these issues and how your products or services will fix these issues and make life easier for your customers.
Why do you want to optimize your website?
If you have not figured it out yet, you want to optimize your web sites so that you rank higher in the search engines. Ranking on the first page can increase your response rate by 50% or more. Yes, I know there are higher stats than this but 50% is really all we need to make this a worthwhile effort on your part.
If you can increase your response rate by 50% and do it for very little cost and effort. Why would you not give it a try?
How do I optimize my web site?
There are many ways to do this and it depends on how your web site is built. You may have a standard HTML web design or the more popular WordPress design.
If your site is built in a WordPress format there are many plugins that can help you with your SEO programing. In fact, they make it very easy and take you step by step through the whole process, SEO Yoast is a very popular SEO optimization program.
Another way to learn about optimizing your web site is to use a search engine and type in SEO advice or SEO steps. You will be given pages of different opinions on what and how you can do it.
You always have the option to hire someone to do this for you. You can find them by outsourcing as explained in a previous chapter. You can also talk to your current web designer and see if they can do it or refer you to someone that can help you.
There are many “experts” available you just need to remember to search for the right one. References and a past history of doing this for other companies is the first thing to look for. Like any employee, you need to take your time to find the right fit for you and your business.
The rates these folks charge can vary so you need to research this as well. The technique is similar whether you hire an expensive consultant or a Fiverr gig. A Fiverr gig is a consultant that starts the job for $5.00. Of course, depending on what you want done they have additional charges to perform more tasks but they can be a great source for workers when you have a limited budget. Check out Fiverr.com
So what are you waiting for, optimize your site now!
You have no excuse to not do this. You are aware of an extra step you can take to help your business sales, now stop procrastinating and take this step now!
You can simply read this and forget it but this is a great way to increase your web sites viewers and you need to implement it as soon as possible.
Reading this far has now given you a little nugget you can use immediately to help your business.
Implement this now